Last week it emerged that Eric Clapton has successfully sued an eBay user in Germany over a single CD she was selling for £8.45. Seeing as he’s picking fights over such paltry sums, perhaps it’s time we brought up a little outstanding debt that old Slowhand owes one of our readers.
This reader tells us she was in a café overlooking Richmond Bridge in the early 60s with her then-boyfriend, sat alongside a pre-fame Eric Clapton who was tucking into a coffee and sandwich. The couple sort of vaguely knew him, so when they saw he was patting down his pockets and claiming he had no money to pay his bill, our reader felt happy shouting him the cash.
She handed him a ten-shilling note which Clapton took, paid his bill with, then pocketed the change for himself and left. They crossed paths with him a number of times in the intervening years, but he never once offered to reimburse her.
In today’s money, that comes to about £11.20. So don’t get too comfortable with your £8.45 just yet, Eric…